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Data Archive 

Introduction to monitoring data

There are three types of data stored in this section and these are outlined below.

1. Monitoring data

There are over 1500 sites across the UK that monitor air quality. They are organised into networks that gather a particular kind of information, using a particular method. There are two major types - automatic and non-automatic networks. The Monitoring Networks section provides further network information. Download data from the networks using the Data Selector Tool or download raw automatic data using the preformatted files link.

2. Descriptive statistics

For each monitoring site you can select a range of statistics which are relevant to the particular monitoring method. Basic statistics are annual mean, maximum and minimum values, with daily means, monthly means and a range of percentile values available where these are meaningful.

3. Exceedence statistics

Exceedance statistics provide information about concentrations above a specific threshold value. The exact concentration and the metric used varies by pollutant and purpose. A selection of commonly used examples are the UK Air Quality Objectives, EU Limit and Target Values, Critical Loads, the health-effects based system of four bands and a 1-10 index and the Indicators of Sustainable development - the average number of days per site on which pollution levels were above National Air Quality Standards.

These links will provide more information on the UK and EU Objectives and Limits and the Air Pollution Index and Banding System.

You can select any of these exceedence statistics for a range of time periods, pollutants and locations.

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